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Republic of Equals: Predistribution and Property-Owning Democracy

Alan Thomas


The first book-length study of property-owning democracy, Republic of Equals, argues that a society in which capital is universally accessible to all citizens is uniquely placed to meet the demands of justice. Arguing from a basis in liberal-republican principles, this expanded conception of the economic structure of society contextualizes the market to make its transactions fair. It shows that a property-owning democracy structures economic incentives such that the domination of one agent by another in the market is structurally impossible. The result is a renovated form of capitalism in whic ... More

Keywords: liberal-republicanism, justice, freedom, egalitarianism, John Rawls, predistribution, inequality, globalization, property-owning democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190602116
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190602116.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Thomas, author
Professor of Ethics, University of York